Nanky Rai came to Canada in 1998 when she was 10-years-old with her parents and younger brother. At Saturday’s 5th Annual No One Is Illegal! May Day of Action demanding Status for All, she said there’s a huge difference between what immigrants are told about life in Canada and what they actually experience. (0:00 – 16:18)
Chris Ramsaroop, an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers, told the crowd of more than 2,000 assembled in Toronto’s St. Jamestown that Canada needs to protect undocumented workers by giving everyone status upon arrival in Canada. (16:19 – 21:23)
Fariah Chowdhury, an organizer with No One is Illegal, said people are sick of seeing their friends, families and communities deprived of healthy, affordable food, decent housing, good jobs and fair wages. “We are angry that we live in a city where people are deprived of their basic right to education, health care and self-determination,” she said. (24:16 – 32:30)
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